Empowering New York’s Asian American Community Since 1989

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Our Work

AAF is a leadership organization that works to change the systems that are holding our communities back from achieving success


Your support is helping thousands of New Yorkers turn their lives around.

As you look at the impact of your support, it may seem like just numbers. But hidden behind these results, there is an individual, a child, an elder, or an entire family whose life has been changed for the better – all thanks to support from people like you.

  • Empowered 30 Asian-serving organizations to keep New Yorkers safe with critical financial support. Our programs trained 4,446 in safety techniques, connected 3,700 to victim services, and engaged 7,000 youth.
  • Helped 8,000 Asian New Yorkers thrive with 28,000 in-language and culturally competent mental health services. 
  • Made it easier for Asian New Yorkers to find the mental health care they need by adding 300 providers who combined speak 17 different Asian languages to our one-of-a-kind Asian Mental Health Directory. 
  • Connected 1,700 immigrants with the skills, training, and resources to help them achieve their American dreams.
  • Supported over 200 nonprofit staff to build capacity in their organizations through leadership programs and technical assistance sessions.
  • Launched the AAF Data Center, a first-of-its-kind platform for in-depth analysis on the Asian American community.
  • Told the data story of Asian New Yorkers and helped shape policy decisions that affect our lives through 6 research briefs and 2 reports. 
  • Connected 19 Asian-led, Asian-serving organizations in upstate New York with the resources, lessons, and strengths of our City-based member groups.
  • Secured a historic $30 million in state funding for AAPI communities across New York by co-leading he AAPI Equity Budget Coalition.
  • Our “Find Your Seoul” campaign uplifted the Korean immigrant-owned small businesses of Murray Hill, Queens—bringing community events, neighborhood beautification, and more customers to the area.


Since our inception, AAF has produced comprehensive research reports and briefs to highlight the needs of Asian American communities, advocate for policy changes to improve access to essential services, and use data to tell the story of our community. As the only Census Information Center in the Northeast, we have also led the Census process for the Asian community in New York in 2020, 2010, and 2000.


Through City, State, and Federal advocacy, we elevate our research recommendations to elected officials, government agencies, and private funders in order to affect changes in policy. Our advocacy efforts currently focus on ending hate violence against Asian New Yorkers, achieving an equitable pandemic recovery for Asian small businesses, improving language access, making accessible linguistically-appropriate and culturally-competent mental healthcare, and supporting our community-based organizations.

Economic Empowerment

AAF is working to help our communities sustain, promote, and grow their businesses. We provide Chinese, Korean, Indian, Bengali, and other pan-Asian small business owners with technical assistance, informational webinars, and digital marketing resources so the economic and cultural hearts of our neighborhoods can thrive.

Civic Engagement

Asian Americans are the fastest growing population in the City at 17 percent and contribute billions to New York’s economy, but systemic barriers prevent many from having a say in the decisions that impact us and our families. AAF leads the AAPI Power Coalition to promote the full civic empowerment of Asian American communities in all five boroughs by mobilizing and educating voters, ensuring everyone gets counted in the Census, and developing community leaders.


When our research uncovers new and underserved needs in the community, we design direct service programs that address these gaps. We raise money for these programs and re-grant funds to member organizations who can help us implement the programs on the ground. Our programs focus on community safety services, mental health, civic engagement, economic empowerment, immigrant integration, and non-profit support:

Hope Against Hate

In 2021 at the height of anti-Asian hate, we launched the Hope Against Hate Campaign to bring immediate safety to Asian New Yorkers. In partnership with 33 community-based organizations, our signature campaign provides victims with support services; small businesses, community centers, and faith institutions with safety information; and safety trainings and youth programming to the public.

Mental Health

AAF is committed to increasing awareness of and reducing stigma around mental health issues in Asian American communities. Our goal is to make sure every Asian American in New York City who needs mental health care is able to receive it in a language they speak, from providers who understand Asian cultures. AAF leads the Asian American Mental Health Roundtable with our consortium partners to support the mental health needs of New York’s pan-Asian community by advocating for policies, sharing resources, best practices, and addressing challenges in providing services.

Immigrant Integration

70 percent of the 1.5 million Asian New Yorkers are foreign born. To help the immigrants who form the backbone of our communities thrive, AAF works with our member agencies to provide Asian immigrants with the skills, training, and resources through community conversations, trainings, workforce development workshops, and outreach days that allow them to integrate easily into American life and achieve their American dreams.

Nonprofit Support

Asian-led, Asian-serving nonprofits are the on-the-ground experts when it comes to empowering our community. We strengthen the capacity of over 70 member agencies and partner organizations to better serve Asian New Yorkers by providing technical assistance workshops and capacity building programming.

Special Initiatives

As a leadership organization, our work is dynamic and responsive to the urgent needs that emerge from the community, even when they fall outside the scope of our regular work. For instance, the Hope Against Hate Campaign began as a special initiative to address violence against Asian New Yorkers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Seniors Working Group, our current initiative, was similarly launched as a response to Asian elders’ experiences of anti-Asian violence, poverty, hunger, and loneliness exacerbated by the pandemic.


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